Mexico turns to The Hague over dispute with Bolivia

Mexico turns to The Hague over dispute with Bolivia

On Thursday, Mexico said it was asking the International Court of Justice to mediate the dispute, which has cooled relations between the two Latin American countries.

The government will make a complaint on Thursday to the International Court of Justice, a United Nations body in The Hague, alleging that Bolivia violates diplomatic standards by surrounding the embassy with security forces, said Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.

Tension between Mexico and Bolivia has increased since November 12, when the Mexican government gave asylum to Morales even as the former Bolivian president continued to criticize the interim government of his country from Mexico.

Longaric said on Friday the officials had been stopped because they were accompanied by masked men deemed to be a security threat.

The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that more troops would have gathered around the residence as of Tuesday.

The Spanish Foreign Ministry, in turn, stated that it was a purely courteous visit and the country's diplomats did not have any plans to evacuate former Bolivian officials.

Spain and Bolivia are in a diplomatic spat since Mexico granted asylum to former president Evo Morales.

She did not say if Bolivia had derailed what could have been an attempted breakout of the Bolivian officials. He also said that the masked people aimed at extracting a former aide to Evo Morales charged with sedition and terrorism.

"Let's see who is violating global treaties", said Bolivian Interior Minister Arturo Murillo.

Willson Santamaría, vice minister of public security for Bolivia, said Morales loyalists will not be allowed to leave the country. Bolivia's new government, which took power after Morales was ousted by the military last month, has issued arrest warrants for four of them, Ebrard said.

Morales fled Bolivia last month after almost 14 years in power following weeks of mass street protests.

On Friday, the Bolivian police prevented hooded personnel accompanying Spanish charges d'affaires from entering the embassy building.

According to Mexican sources the normal number of police custodians outside the embassy normally is six to eight, however at the moment there are some ninety fully equipped security personnel.

Those who sought refuge in the Mexican ambassador's residence include Juan Ramón Quintana, the former chief of staff for Morales, and five other former Cabinet ministers, according to a Mexican federal official.

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